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May 23, 2012

Clemens and accuser McNamee were close, ex-Yankees trainer says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Roger Clemens had a close relationship with his ex-strength and conditioning coach who has said he injected the former pitching ace with performance-enhancing drugs, a retired New York Yankees trainer testified in Clemens’ perjury trial on Wednesday.

Prosecutors were using the testimony by Eugene Monahan to try to establish a close relationship between Brian McNamee, the government’s star witness, who has said he injected Clemens with anabolic steroids and human growth hormone from 1998 to 2001.

May 22, 2012

Man arrested for kidnap, death of missing California teen-police

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – A northern California man was arrested and accused of the kidnapping and murder of a 15-year-old girl who disappeared more than two months ago, police said on Tuesday.

Sierra LaMar, who lived in Morgan Hill, California near the high-tech hub of San Jose, went missing on March 16. Police have said they do not believe she ran away.

May 22, 2012

Colombia prostitution scandal sparks DEA staff probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A prostitution scandal in Colombia involving Secret Service and military personnel ahead of a presidential visit has spawned a separate investigation of the behavior of drug enforcement agents in Cartagena, officials said on Monday.

A spokesman for the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said in a statement that its investigators were probing “allegations about potential misconduct” by Drug Enforcement Administration staff.

May 21, 2012

Key witness in Clemens trial to take stand again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government prosecutors on Monday will try to salvage the credibility of their key witness in the perjury trial of former Major League Baseball star Roger Clemens when his ex-trainer who said he supplied the pitching ace with drugs takes the stand.

Brian McNamee, the most important witness for federal prosecutors who have charged Clemens with lying to the U.S. Congress about using the performance-enhancing drugs, will be wrapping up more than 20 hours of testimony in U.S. District Court.

May 21, 2012

U.S. seeks Lockerbie justice, after convicted bomber’s death

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Families of U.S. victims of the 1988 bombing of a PanAm flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, said on Sunday the death of the convicted bomber did not ease their loss and the White House said it would not end the quest for justice.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, 60, the Libyan convicted of the bombing that killed 270 people, died at his home in the Libyan capital from complications from prostate cancer, his brother said on Sunday.

May 21, 2012

Blind Chinese activist Chen rests in NYC

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng soaked up the sun in New York City on Sunday as his children played in a garden, a break in a day of meetings to arrange his studies at New York University.

“(Chen) said he hadn’t sat in the sun for many, many years,” said Jerome Cohen, a China law expert and professor at New York University’s law school, where Chen will study.

May 20, 2012

Blind Chinese activist arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. Embassy was a huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic controversy while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 20, 2012

Chinese activist Chen arrives in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States on Saturday after China allowed him to leave a hospital in Beijing in a move that could signal the end of a diplomatic rift between the two countries.

Chen’s escape from house arrest in northeastern China last month and subsequent stay in the U.S. Embassy was a huge embarrassment for China and led to a diplomatic controversy while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was visiting Beijing for talks to improve ties between the world’s two biggest economies.

May 19, 2012

Maryland OKs out-of-state gay couple’s right to divorce

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Maryland’s highest court on Friday recognized the previously denied divorce of a same-sex couple who wed in California but sought to divorce in Maryland, where gay marriage is not yet legal.

The state’s Court of Appeals ruled 7-0 that Jessica Port and Virginia Anne Cowan have the right to divorce in Maryland because they were legally married in 2008 in California.

May 18, 2012

Pennsylvania Supreme Court judge charged with corruption

By Lily Kuo

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was charged on Friday with illegally using her taxpayer-funded staff to campaign for her seat on the state’s highest court.

Orie Melvin was suspended from the bench on Friday, a day after nine criminal counts against her were recommended by a grand jury in Common Pleas Court in Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania.